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Zeeland lights Christmas tree, holds parade


ZEELAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- A big crowd turned out Monday night for Zeeland's annual Christmas parade.

Marching bands and other groups paraded down Main Avenue.

The festivities kicked off with Mayor Klynstra lighting the city's Christmas tree. Santa Claus himself even made an appearance for the parade finale.

Santa is also scheduled to appear in Holland Tuesday night for the annual Parade of Lights. WZZM 13's Jennifer Pascua and Lauren Stanton will serve as the grand marshals. That event starts at 7:30 p.m.


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Holland woman flown to hospital after rollover crash


OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM)-- A Holland woman is flown to the hospital in serious condition after rolling her car in Olive Township.

It happened around 2-30 Thursday morning on Port Sheldon, near 120th Avenue. Deputies say 24 year old Jeanette De-Hoyos was going west when she went off the road, hit the ditch and rolled her Chevy Cobalt several times. She was trapped in her car and had to be pulled out. She was flown to spectrum by Aero Med.

De-Hoyos was wearing her seat belt at the time of the crash.


Rehab group wants Holland housing limits relaxed


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- From sex offenders to felons with violent convictions, homes housing recovering drug addicts are raising new concerns in several Holland neighborhoods.

The 13 Watchdog Team has learned the organization Building Men For Life is asking the city to waive a new ordinance and let up to 11 men stay in a single home.

But now, some neighbors want the men to go.

WZZM 13 is uncovering information about the men that even city leaders didn't know.

Around several Holland neighborhoods, giving someone a second chance means parents like Tessa Wiley have to take a chance.

"Everyone deserves a second chance," said Wiley, adding she has mixed feelings about the issue. "It's slightly nerve-wracking."

Missing man with dementia found in Holland


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- A missing man with dementia, who family says isn't supposed to be driving, has been found safely after apparently finding the keys and driving away from the apartment he and his wife share.

Holland police announced Tuesday evening that 78-year-old Emery Blanksma was found by a Van Hill Furniture employee in the store's parking lot. The employee spoke with Blanksma and then called Freedom Village, where the Blanksmas live.

Blanksma's family then picked him up and brought him back home.


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Lauren Stanton, Jennifer Pascua to be Parade of Lights grand marshals


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- The City of Holland has chosen the grand marshals for this year's Parade of Lights.

Our own Jennifer Pascua and Lauren Stanton will serve in that role.

More than 70 floats will travel the parade route the night of Tuesday, December 1, beginning at 6:30. The highlight of the parade, Santa Claus, will arrive in downtown Holland at the very end.


Fire put out at Holland Energy Park construction site


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- Firefighters responded to flames at the Holland Energy Park construction site Monday afternoon.

Crews were dispatched to that site in the 300 block of E 6th Street around 4 p.m., on a report of construction materials burning on the roof a structure there. Those materials were insulation readied for installation as part of the roof assembly.

Firefighters said they put out the flames quickly, within half an hour, in part with help from construction workers who tried putting out the fire before the fire department arrived.

The fire department said the fire appears to have been started accidentally by sparks from nearby welding. No one was hurt, and there was little or not damage to the building under construction.


Holland shelter to feed 1,500 people on Thanksgiving


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- With 500 turkeys and nearly as many volunteers, the Holland Rescue Mission is preparing for the Great Thanksgiving Banquet.

On Wednesday, the mission will feed 1,500 people, who despite the strong economy and low unemployment, continue to struggle to make ends meet.

Just about any meal can fill someone's stomach, but it takes more to do the same for a person's heart.

"You see smiles on people's faces, that they forget the bad things, they laugh," says James Edstrom, who is staying at the Holland Rescue Mission.

Edstrom is volunteering in the kitchen to make a meal and to be part of a family.

"I have no family anywhere right now, this is my family," Edstrom said.

Even the head chef says the Great Thanksgiving Banquet is much more than food. Many years ago, he was one of those in need at the shelter.